The North Ellis County Outreach recently added Sandra Boone to the organization’s staff as client assistance director.

“She interviews all the clients that come in and oversees the panty and the volunteers. She also oversees any special programs like the school supply program, holiday meal program and other holiday programs,” said Denise Butler, executive director.

Boone currently splits time between the North Ellis County Outreach and the city of Glenn Heights Police Department as the crime victim liaison.

“I think she’s transitioned well. Since she’s already been dealing with crime victims she’s been able to use her knowledge,” Butler said. “It’s a good fit for her because she can be here the three days a week she needs to be here, then she can be on call for Glenn Heights.”

Boone said she has developed a relationship with the organization after years of shopping at Pennies From Heaven, the North Ellis County Outreach thrift store.

“I’ve been shopping at Pennies from Heaven since before it was in this building. It’s a shopping relationship,” Boone said.

“We’ve known each other for years,” Butler said, adding that the two would share information from their experiences in their occupations.

Boone’s first order of business was organizing the school supply drive, which currently has all applicants adopted. However, the organization expects to receive more applicants up until the beginning of school.

“We also need school uniforms,” Boone said, specifically requesting gently used uniforms from Life School-Red Oak. “We’ve had so many families call from Life School.”

The organization serves Ferris and Red Oak ISD, as well as Life School-Red Oak.

“As soon as we get done with the school supply drive, we’ll start taking applications for the holiday meal drive,” Butler said.

Currently, the North Ellis County Outreach is working toward purchasing a new building in order to expand services. Benefits from Pennies from Heaven directly impact how soon the organization can make the move.

“We just need to stay steady on donations. We’re moving closer toward building issues,” Butler said. “It will be a good thing.”